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Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon Prime, Crocs and Mail Server – Top Phishing Scams of the Week

This week, we’ve found a slew of scams you need to watch out for, including those related to Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon Prime, Crocs, and Mail Server. Could you have spotted all the scams?

What is Phishing?

Typically, while impersonating famous brands, scammers send fake text messages and emails containing phishing links and try to trick you into opening them with various lies. The links take you fake login pages which seem to belong to different brands. These pages ask you to provide login credentials to download a software update, change account settings, or any other task the crooks ask you to perform.

Amazon Prime Account Problems Scam

Amazon Prime Day is fast approaching and scammers have created many Amazon related scams to try to trick you. One of these scams involves non-existent Amazon Prime account issues:

  • You won’t be able to watch all of your favorite Amazon Prime shows until the payment issue is resolved {URL}
  • Dear Maryjulie. Your Amazon Prime subscription is experiencing billing issues. Fix the issue by updating your billing information: {URL}
  • Hello Mary. Your Amazon Prime account is experiencing payment issues. Fix the issue by updating your billing information: {URL}

The scammers want you to believe that you need to fix these issues via the link they provide. If you follow their instructions, you will be directed to a fake Amazon login page:

Disregarding the fake URL, the page looks pretty much like Amazon’s legitimate site. Do not enter your email address or password here!

The ultimate goal of scammers is to steal your personal information! They will record everything you enter on their fake pages and use it to commit cyber crimes: for example, hacking into your account or stealing your identity. Don’t let them!

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Phishing links will also take you to online survey pages this state, you can claim a gift by completing an online questionnaire. After completing the questionnaire, you are asked to enter your credit card details before your “gift” can be delivered. Here are some examples:

Home deposit

This isn’t the first time we’ve written about fake Home Depot text messages. By promising you a “1 Day Summertime Special”, the scammers trick you into clicking the attached link to claim the reward:

  • The HomeDEP0T 1 Day Summertime Special! A free Dewalt XTREMRE DriIl and $100 if you go today stop to end

The link will take you to a fake online survey page which states that you can get an exclusive offer after completing the survey form.

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Of course, there are NO gifts or offers and scammers will be able to steal your credentials… don’t fall for the trap!

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Phishing pages asking for credit card information

walmart

Yeah, Walmart, another popular impersonation target (to say the least). This week, we’ve seen thousands of fake Walmart text messages containing phishing links and offering an iPad Air raffle campaign (of course, that’s too good to be true):

  • You may have been chosen you, as Iucky WlNNER of the new lPad AlR. Be the first to get the new AppIes tablet! Hang on here! from end to end

The link will take you to a fake Walmart online survey page where you might end up exposing sensitive data like your credit card credentials.

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Don’t get scammed!

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Mail server scam

Phishing links can also circulate via e-mails. While checking your inbox, you may occasionally come across emails stating that you need to clean up your mailbox storage. Don’t click on anything, it could be a scam!

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The “CLEAR STORAGE” button leads to this login page. Remember, do not enter your login credentials because the scammers just want to hack your account!

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Crocs Shopping Scams

Apart from phishing links, scammers also spread links to fake online stores using SMS.

We have already reported fake Crocs promotional campaigns, and this week there is a new version:

  • [crocs_sale] weekly special promotions. all at 70% off. $10 off extra for $99. buy now at hxxps://www.hldtjj[.]shop/?0625 reply stop unsubscribe

Scammers attach a link that leads to a fake Crocs website (right below). Look carefully at web addresses!

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Legit website: crocs[.]com
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Fake website: hldtjj[.]store

How to protect yourself

  • Check the sender’s mobile number/email address again.
  • Freebies and prizes are always a major red flag.
  • Only buy from legitimate online stores.
  • Go to the official website/app instead of using links from unknown sources.
  • Never click on links or attachments from unknown sources. Use Trend Micro Check to surf the web safely (it’s free!).
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